I know this is off topic, but my girlfriend got mad at me because I wanted to get home early from a dinner date and close the hatch door to their coop for the night since I have chicken eating varmints in the area. I love my chickens (12 of 'em) and fret over them and over coddle them I know. They even follow me into the house and into the kitchen and wait by the refridgerator door because they know that is where I keep the grapes for their special treats. I miss my girlfriend but I think she was jealous over the time I spend on them and has flown the coop. So, some friends asked me today when they were buying some eggs how many years a hen will live on average and how many years do they lay eggs? I've got 6 older 2+ years old and 6 pullets that are just starting to lay.